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I have applied for the position as; Female Security Officer with baa at London Heathrow. I have been invited to the assessment day and I am so worried about the verbal reasoning test and observation test, as they are elimination stage!! PLEASE can someone give me some advice, have you been what I should expect? Many thanks to all you kind people in advance for any response!!!
Just be as obnoxious as you can possibly be , that seem's to be BAA criteria !!!! but good luck anyway , and as you manage to get in to BA at Gatwick you shouldn't have any probs with this lot , and just be yourself .....
I don't know anything about the tests themselves, but if you have applied for a post with the BAA and they have invited you to an assessment test, they must have seen in your application something that they are looking for. If they hadn't, they wouldn't bother wasting their time in inviting you along.
You have just as much chance as anyone else going to the test of getting through it. Think positive. You've got through the application process, you can get through the test.
Go along and do the test. Even if you fail it, you will know what to expect next time you apply for a job.
I have an assessment next Saturday, can you tell me how yours went? How was the verbal reasoning test in particular? I've been practising these and they are HARD! Any help would be appreceiated Many thanks
my friends got invited to the last set, and we knew someone who worked there.. apparently its so hard.. one of them didnt bother and the other told us that out of the 30 people there no one passed the first few elimination stages so everyone was out by 3pm! also because you confirm to not swap your shifts, the first year you have to do horrible hours and almost every friday saturday and sunday.. i got through to next saturday myself but i'm not going now, what a waste of a saturday!
No need for verbal reasoning - just grunt! No need to be clever, no need to use your brain - when doing the job you'll only follow rules. So all you have to do is write with the crayons provided "Errm" to every question and you'll pass. And when you get the job, which you will, just be totally unpleasant to everybody you can and you'll fit in with the rest of your colleagues. If you really want to be nasty, you could run bets with your new colleagues on how unpleasant you can be with members of the public before getting reported. But please don't expect any respect from anybody. And don't expect any crews to be pleasant to you.
Just concentrate on the basics... Be as obnoxious as possible... Pretend you are even thicker than you are... Clearly demonstrate your total lack of common sense, and hatred for anyone who you perceive to earn more than you do ... Get these right and the jobs yours ..oh and it might help to lean a few stock phrases such as " i dont make the rules mate .."only doing my job" ETC ETC
Many thanks for your message, but I am so worried about this I am thinking about not going..... Its the tests that are bothering me as know I wont pass.
Bit of a defeatist attitude. If you go and you give your all and dont get it, then so be it. At least you tried!
If you decide not to go because you dont have the drive for the job then yes you deserve not to get it.
If you want the job then go and give it your all, if you arent bothered then dont waste both your time and their time by going to the test. I would love in the current climate to say "na im not bothered about that job, im not going to go." But that isnt possible.
Having been a security officer with BAA for 5 yrs, the tests are not designed to stretch the grey matter too much.Most of the officers you will be working with are either ex-forces ex-police or fire service or have come from a previous security background.Its not a bad job passengers can be a pain but then most dont read the do's and don'ts when they book their tickets. 99% of the staff, aircrew, and airport personel are ok, but the Piltdowns and British Grenadier's still exist and think I have an ID so the DFT regs don't apply to them, typical is I have an axe in the cockpit so why search me, they just don't understand that patting sweaty armpits is not a choice thing it's a requirement. The thing to remember is it's not personal and don't believe a thing they say. PS remember you will be earning more per year than a Ryanair second officer
Unlike carousel, I believe that the public deserve the very best protection that can be provided. Entrance tests that "are not designed to stretch the grey matter too much" are an example of a system created to employ people who are little more than bottom feeders. It certainly backs up opinion that intelligence, ability and aptitude are irrelevant. carousel also goes on to prove this by describing the people who pay his wages as a "pain." Matey - get real, no passengers, no job! But it does reinforce my opinion that security at UK airports is little more than a farce. Therefore, quite reasonably I treat the systems operatives, proponents and adherents with appropriate contempt.
And yes, in reality even Piltdown might even be earning less than you... So? But you lovely people will quite happily give me an aeroplane as long as I'm not a naughty boy. Yes, I stick to the (ridiculous) DFT requirements but also make sure that I say nothing to any security goon so I can't be accused of anything. Anyway, I don't have to bypass the system. All I need is a knocked off bit of plastic (like the one I use now maybe?), a few gold rings and off we go. So who has won? If your job is to make the place safer by following the rules you have lost because I have the plane with no real checking made on my presence whatsoever! That is not security.
I'll admit I can't stand security people. Virtually every single one gets my goat. The job they do is little more than pointless and its effect is negligible. But it does keep the unemployable off the unemployment records. With the simple entrance tests you could say that it's a form of "care in the community." But it does keep the travelling public happy. Unfortunately, they believe the "strict rules" give them some form of protection. Oh dear! The reality is, only when we have proper profiling and security protocols will the UK security system have any validity. Come the next atrocity, which the current bunch of nitwits enable by letting the perpetrators through, will that actually be put in place? I doubt it. Instead we'll all be double or triple checked, maybe even with X-Rays and maybe even microwaves.
Finally, I just wonder how many Ryanair second officers carousel has let past recently?
Last edited by Piltdown Man; 9th Apr 2011 at 10:15.
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Carousel , you have just described the typical BAA Security clown , most of your colleague's ain't ex Military or Police or Fire service type's their mainly 3rd world gupta's or chavs , and couldn't get a proper job outside of security , the amount of security staff that play with their I phones or are texting whilst they are meant to be scanning bags or staff is farcical , and the reason the sudden upsurge in foot patrols at LHR is due to BAA being caught out to a recent security check by powers above from outside , and the Airport Duty Managers car having an out of date air side pass as well ( two months ), i personally having been ex forces , marvel at your colleagues x-ray hands when searching , staff and pax's , and the lack of proper enforcement of security legislation , you can't take that yogurt through here !!! but then the staff get swapped on a break , and it's yeah OK mate but don't do it again !!!! , you might be the Guv'nor at the Airport , but I'll bump in to you one day outside of the Airport , and ........oh happy day's ............. Oh and if you think that's a threat , i don't do threat's only promises
Last edited by British Grenadier; 12th Apr 2011 at 13:33.